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Happy 20th birthday, World Wide Web!

On August 6, 1991, the World Wide Web made its debut as a publicly available service on the Internet. Now, 20 years later, we're giving it a big thank you for revolutionizing the world as we know it.

By August 6, 2011

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Was the VW Beetle the most important object of the 20th century?

The Volkswagen Beetle was a car that came close to never seeing the light of day, but on its way from fascist project to hippie icon it became one of the pillars of the automotive world. XCAR goes back to the start of the story and finds out whether the new Beetle deserves its name.

By November 14, 2014

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'Abandoned in Place': Forgotten space launch sites left to the sands of time

Photographer Roland Miller has made it a mission to document space launch sites abandoned across America.

By November 25, 2014

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How the 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' trailer made Web history

The "Phantom Menace" trailer wasn't only a treat for fans: it was a coup for Apple and, in 1998, one of the biggest tests the Internet had faced.

By November 28, 2014

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What's next for Unity, one of the world's most widely used game making tools (Q&A)

David Helgason, head of Unity, discusses his company's efforts to become the top software coding tool for video game consoles, mobile and VR.

By August 24, 2014

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Happy 20th birthday WWW!

As we blow out the candles to celebrate 20 years of the world wide web's existence, we look back at the best (or perhaps worst) things it has given us.

By August 21, 2011

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Happy 100th birthday, Hedy Lamarr, movie star who paved way for Wi-Fi

This actress from Hollywood's Golden Age reminds us of a time when women were some of the leading unsung tech innovators.

By November 9, 2014

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HTML5 is done, but two groups still wrestle over Web's future

The World Wide Web Consortium finishes an update to this seminal Internet technology, but with two organizations in charge of the same Web standard, charting the Web's future is a mess.

By October 28, 2014

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Soon-to-be-banned Chrome browser plug-ins get reprieve

Changing Web usage is hard. Google has granted a few extra months of leeway to those who rely on a handful of popular plug-ins, such as Silverlight, to extend what their browser can do.

By November 25, 2014

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A massive success: 10 years of World of Warcraft (Q&A)

Can a game really offer something for everyone? With the latest expansion about to launch, WoW lead game designer Ion Hazzikostas discusses the history and the future of the game.

By October 29, 2014